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Questions tagged [project-management]

Project management is a professional field involving managing the scope, changes, schedule, and completion of a temporary endeavor that has a clear end. This is a professional field with it's own certifications and professional educational programs. If your question relates to the workplace, ask it here; otherwise, if the question is solely about project management, consider asking on [Project Management Stack Exchange](http://pm.stackexchange.com) instead

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How to tell your boss that unforeseen work will delay a project?

I'm a new team lead on a project integrating my companies' software with an outside vendor's. This project was planned out and estimated before I came on, so I'm pretty much just following the roadmap....
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How to manage a company with different specialized fields? [closed]

If someone is a computer engineer and his expertise is machine vision or voice recognition or totally machine learning fields. But we know a robot has electrical parts and mechanical parts as well. ...
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What to do when manager has assigned me a project and I don't have the necessary product specific pre-requisite knowledge to do it?

I'm an intern who recently joined a product based company. Recently after completing 2 tasks successfully, I've been promised a full-time role and right from that time my manager has assigned me to ...
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Losing motivation due to project management's lack of interest

Background Information: I am an undergraduate Computer Science student whom in June of 2018 began a year long internship at a large multi-nation corporation as a software developer. Project1: When ...
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Under budget vs over budget - which is worse [closed]

Projects can run under budget, on budget or over budget. I am speaking about the financial state of a project while it is running and not when it has completed. This however is really a scale and the ...
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How to handle approving manager's unpleasant behavior?

As a leader of a small project I prepared a business case for financial approval. It got reviewed once by the approving manager, say Alice, and it was found kind of OK, just sent back for rework with ...
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Answering questions of project failure during interviews

TLDR: Projects have failed due to lack of dedicated resources (money, employees) and not, as far as I believe, to mismanagement on my part. How can I address this to future employers without bad-...
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Probe question to learn how new manager is going to handle failures?

Context: My team participates in delivering complex products that assumes commitments from multiple teams. Certain commitments ("deliver by" dates) are absolutely crucial for project success, yet due ...
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How can I convince my boss that I'm unqualified for a project?

I'm a junior "data scientist" at a research lab. I have a background doing bioinformatics/image processing research and I have a degree in electrical engineering - I've never taken a CS course. My ...
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How do I deal with a slow co-worker whose attitude is affecting my team?

So, I have this colleague (call him Mark). Both of us are software developers with more than a year’s experience (his being two months longer than mine). Since we were hired, he has been working on ...
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Good way to convey to manager that there may have been issues but you're willing to change and how to prove it?

After a discussion with my manager (also project-manager) I've come to some personal conclusions. - There may have been a communication issue were what was expected was not conveyed properly. - I've ...
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How to deal with project manager who has changed view about me?

Just now I have been promoted as Team lead and from Senior Web Developer. Actually I have been promoted due to my good technical knowledge, but now my managers expectation are very high as "Team Lead"....
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Balance between improving the system and generating revenue

I'm an online marketer, I'm doing two kind of tasks 1 - tasks that actually generate money 2 - tasks for improving my system, by developing tools, automation... My problem is sometimes I focus too ...
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What challenges could I face managing different competitors on a client assignment?

My next role is of a Program Manager managing inter-dependencies between multiple projects and involves daily program management until the program cycle ends. Each project is being delivered by a ...
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How can I convince my company to improve our software development process? [closed]

I work as an embedded software developer for a growing company that manufactures physical products and, in my opinion, is undergoing some growing pains due to its rapid growth. For decades, it was a ...
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Convincing management to redo work that's already been done

My agency has been developing an application that they're hoping will bring in a lot of revenue and they're going about it the wrong way. The agency usually only deals with wordpress and drupal type ...
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What to do if I cannot finish all open tasks on time [closed]

As project manager, I have many open tasks that I realized I cannot finish them by deadline.what is the best approach? should I ; Finish all tasks at each 80% or finish few of them at 100% ? I am not ...
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How to refuse to go to a meeting without a key team member present

I have a project manager that's been very relaxed on actually managing a project. His main style of management is to pick a laundry list of things that need to be accomplished in 1 week and tell the ...
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How can I correctly inform client that their project cannot be completed due to missing information?

I work for a software company. A company hired us to patch some functionality on an existing system. After a few meetings, we agreed that we would need information about the current system, as well ...
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Is it commonplace that the project manager and the line manager are the same person? [closed]

In my division (of a very large company) it seems common that someone's line manager is also one's project manager. Not always but often. This seems counterintuitive to me as if I have an issue with ...
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How can I ask my manager to give me a break from the current project?

For past 4-5 months I've been engaged in an independent project in my company. What I'm building is going to be used internally. 4 months ago, a senior architect (now a non-technical upper manager) ...
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How do I deal with a superior who seems more interested in respect than the issues? [closed]

I'm the technical lead on a software development project. We are wrapping up what should be the last release for this project. When I joined the team 14 months ago the project was already 14 months ...
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Roadblock, now what to do? [closed]

I recently got hired into a new job, it is a junior developer position which matches my previous work experience. As I began my work, I was told there was some installations to be done in the server, ...
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How to keep a project on track between two departments where there is very little oversight [closed]

I'm a sys admin that leads a weekly meeting between two departments for the upgrade of a system that has reached end of life and we are trying to get it upgraded to a supported platform. We've been ...
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How to send managers for basic software development process training? [closed]

UPDATE: This situation pertains to my current one w.r.t. potential partnership with co-founder. It also however relates to previous situations in which the company I was in was trying to address these ...
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What should I say to a client when my boss is almost explicitly telling me to lie?

I have recently moved into a project manager position and am getting used to timelines and deadline talk. My boss who actually meets with clients before a project is greenlit has promised a client ...
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How should I proceed if I suspect about a project being grossly overestimated? [closed]

Virtually everything related to the business core of the company I work for relies on some item numbers being generated sequentially. Unfortunately, a long time ago these item numbers were defined as ...
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Project Management leader - Boss bypasses me and confuse my team

I'm a project manager and working on a big project at the moment. My boss keep bypassing me and talk directly to my team members, which causes a lot of confusion amongst them. Mainly Because the ...
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How to walk back responsibilities I've taken on at work?

Over the past few months I've taken on a lot of roles that I never asked for nor signed up for. I was hired as a developer. My boss took on a project in which I didn't have a say in the timeline. Due ...
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How can I tackle being retroactively assigned project ownership for blame?

I have a situation where, in spite of not being the project lead, I've been expected to do most of the project work, but without the necessary support and timely input from colleagues. Much of the ...
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How to tell your boss his team lead choice is not the best for the project?

basically I'm working on project X. I joined my company 1 year and a half ago and started working on that project under the lead of developer Bob, Bob is extremely professional and has the skills to ...
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Startups: How honest should I be about parallel projects I am working on?

As I would like get self employed I am working on several different business ideas in parallel together with different groups and individual people. Please note that on each individual project is ...
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Disagreement with senior programmer on technical subjects [closed]

I'm currently working in a small software R&D startup, the technical department of which consists of me, my supervisor, who we'll call Bob, and a DevOps engineer. I've been with the company for ...
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High standards and maintaining them without sounding like I am taking things personally

I recently had my mid term review. Everything was great, except one thing that my manager mentioned was to not take things personally when someone disagrees with my high standards on work products. ...
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New project is making me want to quit [closed]

I work for a web development agency and we have recently taken on a legacy project for a new client who wishes to implement changes to their site. The current set of changes that I am working on are ...
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Change things, or look like the bad guy? [closed]

When I joined my job, I replaced a guy that had all of the tools and processes in a mess. He wouldn't fix them and made himself essential to hold everything together. At the time, I thought of him as ...
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How do I explain to my boss that a coworker isn't capable? [duplicate]

So I have this giant project that has a ticking deadline of a little under 2 months. My boss (IMO) over promised on the timeline to the client by a mile and let the client set the deadline rather than ...
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Project I was hired for is off the rails due to constantly changing requirements, now it's me on the spot

I was hired as a frontend developer to develop an administration backend for a thriving European startup. The initial estimate that they had in mind was 6 months, which was appropriate. It's a 3-...
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Is it unethical to create documents that aren't used, solely to pass an audit?

I work in software, with very, very complex systems that are subject to quite a bit of risk management and process control. The company has a team whose sole purpose is to audit projects and ensure ...
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Balancing the problem of teaching junior devs and meeting deadlines

TL;DR: I am having issues maintaining the balance between mentoring junior devs, meeting deadlines as a group, and completing my own work. Read on for more info. For background, I work at a small, ...
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Can manager order his subordinate to do work very far out of his scope of duties?

I know there are many questions about the dreaded "other duties as assigned" clause in most contracts. Mine has one as well. However, I feel the task assigned to me goes way off what would be expected ...
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How to deal with a boss that wants 'yes' or 'no'

I'm in a situation where my Boss only wants very simple answers. The problem is that in the information security and software business, this doesn't really exist. Here is the situation. My Boss is ...
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Deleted 2 days of work and no backup

I deleted work I was doing and I didn't add it to SVN, I have a performance review tomorrow and I already mentioned that I am stressed, thus slow progress. Now with this problem, should I tell my ...
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Don't believe in company's direction, how to proceed? [closed]

For nearly a year now, I'm the lead programmer and architect of a very large and ambitious project in the company I work for. It is a project that I do not believe in, and working on it is burning me ...
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PO (mostly) of a project dragging on; doubting team's decisions

TLDR: PO-like position (+ a little dev) in a project that drags on. Team members won't consider a less complex solution; after deadlines are missed and postponed, I suggest and proceed to implement ...
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Satisfy PI's Requests Without Stepping on Lead Dev's Toes

Background I work on a project (funded by a US grant) that is organized with a PI(principal investigator) team consisting of ~5 people and a development team under them with ~8 developers. One of the ...
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Reputation damaged from poor operating model

I am a new project manager at the company I work in, after a good start, followed by a couple of bad deliverable's my reputation in the firm is starting to become negatively affected. To cut a long ...
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Incompetent Worker possibly attributed to Bad Management

I am a mid-level employee that is managing the projects of a few "lower level" employees in the office. These projects normally are lower priority projects that don't have a critical due date. For ...
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Implicit delegation of responsibility

Context: I am an employee in a semi-small company, where most people have multiple responsibilities and tasks concurrently. Most of the time, there is no explicit/formal definition of projects ...
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Passive aggressive uncooperativeness

I am an agile delivery manager, and quite good at what I do. Recently switched roles, and now working in a larger organisation. Upon joining my new company I have made an instant impact and slowly ...